Tag: OSHA

Roofing, COVID-19 and Safety

At Celtic, since we’re roofers we benefit from having a birds-eye view on the world. From our vantage point, we have seen traffic thin, fewer cars driving by, and far more people staying at home during normal working hours.

We take the health and safety of clients and our team very seriously. We will continue to follow the advice and guidelines of the CDC and local and national health agencies relating to COVID-19.

We see the concern of those around us here at home in Colorado as well as our society as a whole. It is vital to us that our customers know we take precautions seriously to avoid any possible danger, but will also continue working within safe limitations to serve our community with the highest standards possible, as we’ve done for more than three decades.

Diagnostics, repairs and roof replacements take place outside the home, and we utilize the latest technology to ensure safe and healthy projects. Site visits take place solely outdoors, we use satellite imagery for job layout and measurements, as well as engage in touch-free communication (via cell phones, live video chat, etc.) which can be used to provide an excellent experience while adhering to safety guidelines. In addition, work agreements and transactions can be finalized electronically. Our commitment to quality, loyalty and dependability has never been more important than right now.

We look forward to continuing to serve you!

Protecting your home from the outside in — the Celtic Roofing Team.

Construction Company Faces OSHA Safety Violations

A S General Construction Inc has been cited by The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to potentially fatal fall hazards. The alleged violations took place at a job site in the city of Woburn, Massachusetts.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, A S General Construction Inc employees worked from heights of more than 26 feet on an unguarded roof as well as from improperly constructed scaffolding equipment.

The list of hazards at the Woburn job site included lack of head protection and safety glasses, not inspecting erected scaffolding for defects, lack of safe access to the scaffolding and roof, and failure to remove debris from the job site. A S General Construction allegedly failed to provide required fall protection equipment and did not train employees to work on scaffolding equipment in a safe manner. The result was workers were steps away from deadly or disabling falls. The company was cited with two willful violations, as well as seven serious and seven repeat violations of safety in the workplace. The citations carry fines totaling $188,760.

Falls from extended heights are the leading cause of death on construction sites and are preventable with proper training and safety equipment but A S General Construction Inc has been cited repeatedly for failure to provide these things. Previously between 2011 and 2015 the company was cited for similar fall hazards at job sites in Dedham and Windham, New Hampshire.

The latest citations stemming from the Woburn job site have led OSHA to list A S General Construction Inc in its Severe Violators Enforcement Program. This agency program places extra focus on employers who have a history of endangering workers by committing multiple failure-to-abate and willful violations. Under the Severe Violators Enforcement Program, OSHA has the ability to inspect any job sites or facilities operated by A S General Construction Inc if there is reason to believe similar violations are being committed.

The construction company can contest the findings in front of the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission or comply to the requirements and penalties.